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Paving is nearly complete on Floyd Lane near Decherd. The road has been resurfaced and new shoulders put down, crews will return to add striping before moving on. Floyd Lane is just one of 37 roads being considered for repair with a $3 million dollar bond issue re-cently approved by the Franklin County Commission.

Paving beefed up with $3M bond issue

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 5:30 am

The Franklin County Highway Department announced the list of roads under consideration for repair using a $3 million bond issue approved by the County Commission earlier this year. It costs an estimated $140,000 to pave one mile of road. With around 700 miles of roads in Franklin County, the $3 million requested would cover only a fraction of the overall paving. In recent years the Highway Commission budget has allowed

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  • Cowan Fall Heritage Festival kicks off a new tradition

    Posted on September 19, 2014 at 4:52 am


    The first ever Cowan Fall Heritage Festival begins today with live music in the heart of the community’s downtown area. The festival was organized this year as an alternative to the Polly Crockett Festival, which is no longer being held. Organizers say the event promises to provide some of the best top-notch entertainment at any festival in the state. The fun begins today at 5 p.m. and runs until 10

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  • 9-11 requiem reaches 13th year

    Posted on September 16, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Franklin County Sheriff’s Department held a Sept. 11 memorial service to pay tribute to the ones who lost their lives 13 years ago. Participating in the tribute are, from left, Sheriff Tim Fuller, Executive Director of the Tennessee Sheriff’s Association Terry Ashe, Franklin County Mayor Richard Stewart and Decherd Mayor Robin Smith. At the podium introducing Ashe is Winchester Mayor Terry Harrell.

    Thursday marked the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the nation that left several thousand dead, and Franklin County did its part to pay tribute to the fallen heroes by holding a special ceremony. The Sheriff’s Department had a memorial service at 6 p.m. on that evening at the Franklin County Courthouse to pay tribute to the victims and emergency personnel who lost their lives to the

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Franklin County Clerk Phillip Custer (with vehicle registration in hand) displays how tags now appear on registration forms and will have the same number as the metal plates where they will be placed as Deputy Clerks (from left) Pam Ennies, Eileen Fly and Eva Lewis go about their daily work routine. Stoney Hale, (in back) a consultant with Business Information Systems, a technical support company under contract with the county, has guided the system’s setup.
—Staff Photo by Brian Justice

Franklin County now has matching tag-license plate numbers

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 11:59 am

Attention: Franklin County motorists and those who steal their decals — life has just become much better for the former and worse for the latter. The County Clerk’s Office has just installed special printers that deputy clerks will use to produce decals with the same numbers that are on the issued metal license plates. The decals will be printed on the same form as vehicle registrations. The system was put

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  • Boosted Nissan sales spark Decherd plant outlook

    Posted on September 9, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Nissan employees and state and political officials partake in a special Infiniti plant christening on June 27, starting the subsidiary’s namesake production at an expanded Decherd plant. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, third from foreground in front row, listens intently to one of several tribute speeches made that day. Two month’s later, the company has continued the Nissan plant’s sales objectives with a record-breaking August.

    Nissan’s newest products — the Altima, Sentra, Pathfinder, Rogue, Versa and all-electric LEAF vehicles — are resonating in the marketplace and driving record sales, up 12.4 percent in 2014, which has led to an optimistic outlook about how well the corporation’s new Infiniti addition at Decherd will be doing. Justin P. Saia, Nissan corporate communications manager, summed up last week the direction he sees the company is heading. “We’ve increased

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  • Duck River Electric, Mount Pleasant eye merger

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 5:00 am


    In an uncertain economic world, Duck River Electric Membership Corp. and Mount Pleasant Power are considering merging to curb costs. Duck River, headquartered in Shelbyville with service also in Franklin County, and Mount Pleasant, named after the city where its located, have agreed to begin a feasibility study to determine whether the merger would be in each utility’s best interest. In a joint announcement, representatives of each utility said this

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